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14TuesdayFebruary32015THEHAPPIESTPERSONinyourfamilywhenyoubuyyournextcarmaybeyourteenager.Forgetaboutparkingoutsideacoffeeshoptoupdateyoure-mailyournextcarmaybecon-nectedviasatellitetobecomearollingwihotspot.GMhasannouncedthemostcomprehen-sivewisystemwith4Gconnectionsinareaswhereservicesareavailableclaimingitwillbeofferedinasmanyas50ChevroletandGMvehiclesbytheendof2015startingwiththeMalibu.OntheroadandconnectedalmostanywhereAsyoudrivealonginyournewvehicleitwillallowuptoseveninternet-connectedde-vicesinthecaratonce.Todothatyouwillhavetosubscribetoaplanwithamonthlychargemuchlikeyouwoulddowithacellu-larphoneincludingadatacapwiththosenastyextrachargesifyouexceedit.MostothervehiclemanufacturersincludingFordandChryslerhavecomeoutwithsimilarmobilewiservicesandareintheprocessofdeployingthem.GMappearstohavethemostrobustinitialofferingwithits4Gcapabilitywhichhasthecapabilityofstreamingvideowhileothersonlyoffereither2Gor3Gwhichwillonlyprovidedataorstreamingaudio.Thirdpartyconnectivityisalsocomingontothemarket.Thatwillmeananyonecanpurchaseahardwarepackageforanoldervehicleandsubscribetoaconnection.Theconnectionwillbesatellite-baseddeliveredlocallybytowerslikecellularphonesandarrangementsarebeingstruckbetweentheautomobilemanufacturersandallthemajorwirelesscommunicationscompanies.Theinitialbenetsofcontinuousaccesstotheinternetwillobviouslybesafetysecurityandnavigationinadditiontoentertainmentvalue.Updatestothecarscomputerizedsys-temswillbeautomatic.Beyondthatweareinaworldthatgetsmoreconnectedallthetime.Generallythemoreengagedyouare-andthatoftenmeanstheyoungeryouare-themoreyouwillbenet.IFYOULIVEINQUEBECorOntarioyouareeligibleforan8000rebateonthepurchaseofanelectriccarandanadditional1000rebatewhenyouinstallachargingstationinyourhouse.NovaScotiaandQuebecaredeployingchargestationsalonghighwaycorridors.AsthatishappeningmoreandmoreautomanufacturersarebringingoutnewelectricvehiclesEVs.AsimilarevolutionishappeningaroundtheworldwithgovernmentsencouragingnewcarbuyerstoswitchtoEVseitherbecauseofconcernovertheimpactofemissionsonglobalclimatechangeconcernsforhumanhealthortheneedtoreducesmogthatisaseriousprobleminlargeurbancentres.TheChinesegovernmentismovingquicklytotransformallofitsmajortransportationandeetvehiclestoelectricandtherearepredic-tionsthecountrywillleadtheworldinelec-tricvehiclesontheroadwithinfouryears.NorwayalreadyknownastheEVcapitaloftheworldhasabigheadstart.Aggressivetaxincentiveshaveencouragednewcarbuyerstogoelectricforseveralyears.Thecountrythathasmadetrillionsoffthesaleofitsoff-shoreoilisaworld-leaderinswitchingfromfossilfuelstoelectricpowerasthenewwaytomovepeople.MeanwhiletheFrenchgovernmentismov-ingtobandieselenginesbecauseofthelargenumberofolddirtydiesel-poweredvehi-clesthere.Britainismakingsimilarnoises.Countriesaroundtheworldhavethesameproblem.Particlesemittedbydieselenginesareknowntobecarcinogenic.AsmoredieselscometoNorthAmericastandardsintheU.S.andCanadafordiesel-poweredpassengercarsandtrucksarestrict.Studiesshowthelteringoftheparticlesunderthosestandardsiseffectivesonewdieselen-ginesaremoreaccepted.MeanwhilePresidentObamahasservednoticethatnewemissionsstandardswillbeimposedontheU.S.truck-ingindustrysomethingCanadaislikelytofollow.Anotherfactoristhecontinuedhighcostofdieseloilthatmakesdrivingexpensive.Dramaticchangeswilltakeplaceworldwideasnewstandardscometobear.Theopportu-nityforamovetoelectricpoweredvehicleswillbehugequitepossiblyaninternationalrevolutionoverthenextdecade.ElectricpassengervehiclescanbegroupedintothreecategoriesfromtheQuebecgov-ernmentwebsiteAll-electricvehiclesequippedwithanelectricmotorandabatterythatisre-chargedwithgridelectricity.Theall-elec-tricvehiclesavailableonthemarkethavearangeofover100kmandmorethanmeettypicalurbantravelneeds.TheyoperatewithoutemittinganygreenhousegasGHGemissions.AnexampleistheNissanLeaf.Extended-rangeelectricvehiclesareequippedwithanelectricmotorandabat-terythatischargedfromtheelectricitygrid.Howeverwhenthebatterylevelislowagasgeneratorproduceselectricitywhichgivesthevehiclearangesimilartothatofastandardvehicle.Withafullychargedbatterythistypeofvehiclecangoaround50kmwithoutusinggasoremittingGHGemissions.Sincethevastmajorityofdailytripsarelessthanthisdistanceextended-rangeelectricvehiclescanbeusedwithminimalGHGemissions.AnexampleistheChevyVolt.Plug-inhybridvehiclesareequippedwithanelectricmotorandagasolineen-ginethatarecombineddependingonthevehiclesspeedandacceleration.Theyaredifferentthanhybridvehiclesbe-causetheyhaveabatterythatcanstoremoreelectricityandberechargedfromtheelectricitygrid.Thismakesitpossi-bleforplug-inhybridstogomanykilo-meterswithoutanygas.Anexampleisaplug-inToyotaPrius.TheQuebecandOntarioincentivepro-gramsareopentoindividualsbusinessesnon-governmentorganizationsandnon-protgroupsaswellasmunicipalities.Leasedve-hiclesareeligible.LatelastyearCanadapassedthemilestoneof10000EVspurchasedinCanada.Quebecwasinthelead.Withone-quarterofCanadaspopulationlabelleprovinceboughthalfofthecountryselectricvehicleslastyear.TheleadingEVsoldinCanadaandtheU.S.in2014wastheNissanLeaf.GovernmentincentivespromotemovetoEVsThisamazingnewcarfeaturedinthemovieMissionImpossible3issophisticatedandalluringwithamazingroadhandling.Itsalsoahybridattheleadingedgeofawholenewgenerationofnewtechvehicles.BMWofferedthispairingofitshybridplug-ini8whichitcallstheworldsmostprogressivesportscarwithabamboosupportedcarportandsolarchargingpanels-theultimateinmodernsustainability.Thecaralonestartsat145000USsoitisnotforeveryonebutitisfreetolookat.